Local Happenings

Local Happenings: the Week of Friday, Dec. 2 to Thursday, Dec. 8

Courtesy Ed Jay Photography Runners will be out in force this Saturday, Dec. 3, to raise funds for the Midway Shelter during the annual Midway Shelter Run and Walk event.

 

Friday, Dec. 2

  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Boutique: All proceeds benefit Island Cat Resources & Adoption. Free to the public. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 869-2584 or www.icraeastbay.org
  • 6 p.m. Frozen: Starlight-Movie-in-the-Park. Picnicking, followed by pre-show activities. Movie begins at 8. Snacks and food available for purchase. Free to the public. College of Alameda Gym, 555 Ralph Appezzato Parkway. Reservations suggested; info: 747-7529) 

Saturday, Dec. 3

  • 9 a.m. Midway Shelter Run/Walk: Event for the benefit of Midway Shelter. Registration beings at 8. Adults: $20; youth under 18, $15. Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal, 1141 Harbor Bay Parkway. (Info, registration: www.alamedaRACE.com or 523-2647) 
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Holiday Boutique: Hand-crafted gifts, foods and fair-trade items. Holiday raffle proceeds benefit Immanuel’s outreach programs. Free admission and parking. Parish Hall, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1910 Santa Clara Ave.
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Holiday Boutique: All proceeds benefit Island Cat Resources & Adoption. Free to the public. Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 869-2584 or www.icraeastbay.org
  • 11 to 11:30 a.m. “Introduction to Jewelry Making”: Free to the public. Bead Inspirations, 1544 Park St. (Info: 337-1203)
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Plant Sale: Featuring a variety of succulents and subshrubs. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. 1250 St. Charles St.
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa Paws: Have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws. $35; proceeds benefit the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. Vintiq, 2305 Santa Clara Ave. (Reservations: 337-8575)
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Bean to Bar”: Chocolate seminar: a guided tasting of locally made chocolates, a discussion of chocolate’s health benefits and learn about the Bay Area’s chocolate history. Fee: $15. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Registration required: 1-888-327-2757, option 2) 
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Amazing Amphibians”: Learn about frogs, salamanders and more, then discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 2 to 8 p.m. Holiday Artisan Fair: Handmade holiday marketplace. Music, nibbles, artisan demonstrations and pictures with Santa. Bring a can of food to donate to the Alameda Food Bank. Free, although donations will benefit Midway Center. Twirl, 1424 Park St. (Info: 473-0812 or www.twirlalameda.com
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 4:30 p.m. “Wise and Foolish Virgins”: Choral performance featuring Soli Deo Gloria. Tickets at the door: $26, general admission; $21, students/seniors; no charge for youth in grades K-8; discount for advance purchase. Christ Episcopal Church, 1700 Santa Clara Ave. (Info, tix: 888-734-7664 or www.sdgloria.org
  • 4:30 p.m. Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting: Entertainment, souvenirs, Santa’s visit. Free to the public. City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: First night of lights; continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 
  • 7 to 10 p.m. Artist’s Reception: Celebrate the opening of Displacement, a group art show about gentrification. Encore celebrations: Dec. 9 and 16. Free to the public; any proceeds or donations benefit Just Cause/Justa Causa. Studio 23 Gallery, 2309 Encinal Ave. (Info: 580-2309 or www.art@alamedaartists.com)
  • 8 to 10 p.m. “World Holiday Music!”: Candlelight concert presented by the East Bay Children’s Choir. Tix: $10-$30. St. Joseph Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. (Tix: www.candlelightconcert2015.eventbrite.com)

Sunday, Dec. 4

  • 11:30 a.m. to noon: Storytime and Nature Fun: Parents and kids will meet the characters at “the Cove”; listen to stories; make a nature craft; watch nature films; and more. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • Noon to 6 p.m. Upcycle Holiday Gifts: Sew gifts and gift cards with provided fabric, supplies and project ideas. Up to 10 upcyclers welcome; $10 fee. Additional dates: Dec. 11, 18. 1650 Seaborn Court. (Info, reservations: 913-2732)
  • 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Santa Paws: Have your pet’s photo taken with Santa Paws. $35; proceeds benefit the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter. See Spot Run, 2510 Santa Clara Ave. (Reservations: 337-8575)
  • 1 to 5 p.m. Holiday Party: Potluck for members and volunteers of the Alameda Naval Air Museum & Commemorative Air Force Golden Gate Wing. Bring a dish to share with five or six people. Free parking. Alameda Naval Air Museum, 2151 Ferry Point #77 (Info: 886-3195) 
  • 1:15 to 3 p.m. Coloring for Adults: Coloring books and colors provided but you may also bring your own. Free to the public. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7777)
  • 2 p.m. “Notes for Nourishment”: Featuring Flicka! Opera star Frederica von Stade will perform a solo recital with pianist Donna Stoering. Part of the 2by2 Sundays series of informal concerts. Free to the public; donations will benefit financial aid scholarships for St. Joseph Notre Dame High School. St. Joseph’s Basilica, 1109 Chestnut St. (Info: 540-8136)
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Family Nature Fun Hour: “Amazing Amphibians”: Learn about frogs, salamanders and more, then discover what’s new in the Visitors Center. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 2 to 4:30 p.m. Grown Up Gaming: Games are provided or bring your own. All skill levels welcome. Free for ages 18 and older. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7780)
  • 3 to 3:30 p.m. Fish Feeding Time: Five aquariums with more than 20 bay species will be fed while you learn who is eating what and how aquarium environments are kept healthy. Free for all ages. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. (Info: 544-3187) 
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 

Monday, Dec. 5

  • 5:30 p.m. Punch-Drunk Love: Film screening followed by a discussion. Free to the public, ages 18 and older. Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713)
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

  • 1 p.m. Mastick Book Club: Members will discuss The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Free to seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: Kevin Brunetti, 747-7512) 
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Boulevard and High Street. 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 6 to 8 p.m. Lawyers in the Library: Free legal service. Signup at 5:30 for lottery draw at 5:50. Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. (Info: 747-7713) 
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Alameda Island Poets: Poetry reading and writing workshop with featured readers, Emmanuel Williams and Marilyn Flower; open mic follows. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: 418-0266 or 522-6442) 

Thursday, Dec. 8

  • 10 a.m.  Holiday Sing-Along: Sing holiday songs with Jim Franz & Friends; see a presentation by the Mastick American Sign Language class; and stay around for a visit from Santa and refreshments. Free for seniors. Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Ave. (Pre-registration required: 747-7506)
  • 10 to 11:30 a.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group: Meeting sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association for families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and related disorders. Mastick Senior Center, 11255 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 482-8700) 
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Trinity Seniors: Designing holiday flower arrangements with Susan Bell  at 11 a.m. Lunch served at noon for $5. Blood pressures at 10. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. 
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Satellite Office Hours: Meet with staff members of Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Free to the public. Administrative Conference Room, Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. 
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday Craft Day: Crafts for children ages 5 to 12. Dress to get messy. Free. West End Branch Library, 788 Santa Clara Ave. (Info: 747-7767)
  • 5:30 to 10 p.m. Christmas Tree Lane: Continues through New Year’s Eve. Thompson Avenue between Fernside Blvd. and High Street. 
  • 6 p.m. Alameda American Legion, Post 9: Second annual holiday dinner. Open to all post members and their guests. Pier 29 Restaurant, 1148 Ballena Blvd. (Info: 748-0626 or 289-2043) 
  • 6:30 p.m. “Planning for a Healthy Economy in Alameda”: Second community workshop on creating a citywide Economic Development Strategic Plan. Free to the public. Alameda High School Cafeteria, Central Avenue and Walnut Street. (Info: 747-6895)
  • 6:30 to 9 p.m. Single Sailors Association: Dinner meeting for single people interested in sailing. Ballena Bay Yacht Club, 1150 Ballena Blvd., Suite 151. (Info: 332-9380 or www.singlesailors.org)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Alameda Quilt Guild: Meeting. Open to all who are interested in quilting; $5 donation at the door. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1323 Central Ave. (Info: Terry, 521-2995)  
  • 7 to 9 p.m. Alameda Poetry Writers: Hosted by Mary Loughran and Marilyn Flower. Free-write exercises with prompts. Read your work or just listen. Admission is free; donations appreciated. Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. (Info: www.frankbettecenter.org or 523-6957)

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